Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Employers Expect a Healthy Hiring Climate in Canada for the First Quarter of 2008



    TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a healthy hiring
climate for the January to March period of 2008 according to the latest
results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive,
forward-looking employment survey in the world.
    The survey of more than 1,700 Canadian employers reveals that 16 per cent
plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while 10 per cent
anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of six per cent. Of those
polled, 72 per cent expect no changes and two per cent are unsure of their
staffing intentions in the upcoming quarter.
    With seasonal variations removed from the survey data, the Net Employment
Outlook of 21 per cent is a two percentage point improvement from the previous
quarter, indicating hiring intentions should continue to be strong for the
first quarter of 2008.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the positive hiring
activity seen in the previous quarter will continue into the first quarter of
2008," said Lori Rogers, VP of Operations for Manpower Canada. "Employers are
telling us that over the next three months they will continue adding to their
payrolls at a slightly better rate than in the previous quarter, which is good
news for job seekers across the country."
    "The positive hiring outlooks in Western Canada and Quebec are even
stronger than the national forecast," Rogers adds. "Employers in Western
Canada report an active hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook of
22 per cent. Quebec employers project a fairly optimistic three-month period
with a Net Employment Outlook of eight per cent. Employers in Atlantic Canada
anticipate a modestly optimistic quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of
five per cent, while Ontario employers are forecasting a fairly flat hiring
pace with a reported Net Employment Outlook of zero per cent."
    Strengthened by optimistic projections in the Western region, Canadian
employers in the Construction and Mining sectors anticipate a robust hiring
pace with Net Employment Outlooks of 40 per cent and 35 per cent,
respectively. Employers in the Wholesale & Retail sector also project a strong
market for job seekers with a Net Employment Outlook of 29 per cent.

    Construction

    Employers in the Construction sector expect a bullish hiring climate with
    a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 40 per cent. Hiring
    projections are strong having increased by seven percentage points from
    the previous quarter and by 26 percentage points compared to this time
    last year.

    Education

    Education sector employers predict a steady quarter with a seasonally
    adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 16 per cent. Results for this sector
    improved slightly from the previous quarter, when the Net Employment
    Outlook was 12 per cent. However, the sector's first quarter Outlook is
    one percentage point weaker than last year at this time.

    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector project a steady
    hiring pace with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
    14 per cent. However, the sector's quarterly Net Employment Outlook is
    11 percentage points weaker than the previous quarter and
    seven percentage points weaker than last year at this time when the Net
    Employment Outlook was 21 per cent.

    Manufacturing - Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Durable Goods sector project an upbeat
    hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
    18 per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is a six percentage point
    increase from the previous quarter and a 10 percentage point increase
    from this time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was
    eight per cent.

    Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods sector predict a
    hopeful hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook
    of 10 per cent. Hiring expectations increased from the previous quarter,
    when the Net Employment Outlook was eight per cent, and are slightly
    stronger than employer reports from last year at this time.

    Mining

    Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a dynamic first quarter with a
    Net Employment Outlook of 35 per cent after seasonal variations are
    removed. Results for the sector decreased moderately from the previous
    quarter, when the Net Employment Outlook was 40 per cent, and remain
    consistent with the projections of last year at this time.

    Public Administration

    Public Administration sector employers predict an active hiring climate
    with a Net Employment Outlook of 20 per cent. Hiring expectations have
    declined slightly from the previous quarter by six percentage points
    compared to this same time last year.

    Services

    Employers in the Services sector expect a healthy hiring climate for the
    upcoming quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
    22 per cent. This is slightly weaker than the previous quarter and
    three percentage points weaker than last year's first quarter Net
    Employment Outlook of 25 per cent.

    Transportation & Public Utilities

    Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector predict a
    favourable quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
    17 per cent. Hiring expectations have improved slightly from the previous
    quarter's Net Employment Outlook of 16 per cent and are consistent with
    the projections from the same time last year.

    Wholesale & Retail Trades

    Employers in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector project an active
    staffing picture for the first quarter of 2008 with a Net Employment
    Outlook of 29 per cent. Results for this sector increased from last
    quarter by four percentage points and improved by 11 percentage points
    compared to this time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was
    18 per cent.

    Note to Editors

    Full survey results for each of the 27 countries and territories included
    in this quarter's survey, plus regional and global comparisons, can be
    found in the Manpower Press Room at www.manpower.com/meos. In addition,
    all tables and graphs from the full report are available to be downloaded
    for use in publication or broadcast from the Manpower Web site at
    http://www.manpower.com/library.

    About the Survey

    The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure
employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their
workforce during the next quarter. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is
the most extensive, forward-looking survey in the world, asking employers to
forecast employment over the next quarter. The survey has been running for
more than 45 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment
activity in the world. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey in Canada is
based on interviews with more than 1,700 public and private employers in 43
markets across the country and is considered a highly respected economic
indicator. The margin of error for the Canadian survey is +/- 2.4 per cent.

    About Manpower Inc.

    Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the employment services industry;
creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the
changing world of work. The $18 billion company offers employers a range of
services for the entire employment and business cycle including permanent,
temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection;
training; outplacement; outsourcing and consulting. Manpower's worldwide
network of 4,400 offices in 73 countries and territories enables the company
to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, including small and medium
size enterprises in all industry sectors, as well as the world's largest
multinational corporations. The focus of Manpower's work is on raising
productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction across
their total workforce, enabling clients to concentrate on their core business
activities. Manpower Inc. operates under five brands: Manpower, Manpower
Professional, Elan, Jefferson Wells and Right Management. More information on
Manpower Inc. is available at www.manpower.com.

    About Manpower Canada

    With over 50 offices strategically located across the country, Manpower
Canada's staffing services include administrative, industrial, skilled trades
and contact centre personnel as well as the assignment of contract
professionals in information technology, scientific, finance, engineering,
telecommunications and other professional areas under the Manpower
Professional brand. More information can be found on Manpower Canada's Web
sites: manpower.ca and manpowerprofessional.ca.




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